UM wins, MSU loses in Big Ten tourney openers
Omaha, Neb. — Jesse Franklin hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to lift third-seeded Michigan past Iowa, 2-1, in 10 innings to open the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday.
Franklin also homered for the Wolverines (33-19), who held the Hawkeyes to just one hit — and none after the second inning.
Michigan lost starting pitcher Tommy Henry in the second inning after he was hit in the throwing arm by a ball. But reliever Alec Rennard threw 5.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Franklin tied it up at 1-all in the fourth.
The Wolverines then loaded the bases in the 10th, and Franklin’s sacrifice to deep right field scored Christian Bullock easily.
Zach Daniels (6-2) took the loss for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (33-19), while William Tribucher (4-3) picked up the win for Michigan.
Michigan will face Purdue in the second round at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Minnesota 3, Michigan State 2: Eli Wilson drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Minnesota pitchers limited Michigan State to five hits.
The top-seeded Gophers (38-13) have won 22 of 25 games and will play Thursday night against the winner of the late game between Indiana and Illinois. The eighth-seeded Spartans (20-31) meet the Indiana-Illinois loser in an elimination game.
Wilson singled to left center off Mitchell Tyranski (2-2) to drive in Ben Mazzenga, who had doubled and taken third on a wild pitch. Mazzenga was called safe at third, though television replays showed Zach Iverson tagged him before he touched the bag.
Brett Schulze (9-0) pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Jake Stevenson, and freshman closer Max Meyer got the last five outs for his conference-leading 15th save.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
At TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.
Game 1: No. 3 Michigan 2, No. 6 Iowa 1 (10)
Game 2: No. 2 Purdue 8, No. 7 Ohio State 2
Game 3: No. 1 Minnesota 3, No. 8 Michigan State 2
Game 4: No. 4 Illinois 7, No. 5 Indiana 1
Game 5: Iowa vs. Ohio State, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Indiana vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Game 7: Michigan vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
Game 8: Illinois vs. Minnesota, 10 p.m.
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 4:30 p.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 8:30 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 8, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 7, 2 p.m.
* Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m.
* Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 10 p.m.
Game 15: Winner Game 12/14 vs. Winner Game 11/13, 2 p.m.
* If necessary
Note: Game 14 moves to 5 p.m. if Game 13 doesn’t take place